MSO12267 - Medieval market cross at Porlock (Monument)


It was recorded in 1791 that an ancient market cross was said to be sited at Porlock but this had apparently been lost; however, Corner records that the market cross was still present in 1810.

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An "ancient market cross" is in the street at Porlock (SS 8846). [1] There was formerly an ancient Market Cross at Porlock but it has long since perished. [2] A weekly market and two or three annual fairs granted in 1366 and again in 1614. There was still a Market Cross in 1810. [3] Pooley [1] mentions the disappearance of the Market Cross. Hook states there is considerable doubt as to where it stood. A stone, believed to be part of the cross was discovered built into the wall of a cottage that was being pulled down. The stone was of considerable size and of different stone to the Churchyard Cross (MSO7875). [4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Monograph: Collinson, J.. 1791 (2006). The History and Antiquities of Somerset. Archive CD Books Ltd. 34.
  • <2> Monograph: Pooley, C.. 1877. An historical and descriptive account of the old stone crosses of Somerset. 82.
  • <3> Monograph: Corner, Dennis. 1992. Porlock in Those Days. Exmoor Books. p90.
  • <4> Article in serial: Hook, W.. 1889. Porlock Church. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society. 35. Part I, pp 25-31. p29.
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35876, Extant 7 February 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 2 fluvial
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 2 fluvial
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7886
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE20
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35876
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35336



Grid reference SS 8858 4672 (point) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS84NE

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Record last edited

Feb 7 2022 2:29PM


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